Thanksgiving, Thingamajigs, and Thecrets

It’s been a slow week in JackUziLand thanks to Thanksgiving, and in particular, Thanksgiving being scheduled for a Thursday.  I can’t tell you how many people I know mentioned how much it threw their rhythms off.  Heck, it’s 9pm, and I’m only now getting to typing this thing in!  Admittedly, part of it was due to the sudden distraction of an electric bottle of steam.  HAAN produces this steam-cleaning tool, but it’s so much fun to use, it should be called a toy.  It builds enough pressure to it that its kick reminds me of blasting someone with a fire extinguisher, only instead of cold foam, it produces scalding, scalding heat… but boy, is this thing fast when it comes to cleaning!  Anyway, buy one.  Too much fun, and you might be able to get your significant other to actually clean for a change.

Anyway, I have to give thanks that I’ve finally got the last issue of IF-X, “The End,” printed, minted, and out to the stores early, making sure you can get yours by the 21st.  This has also given me the chance to put together a “Cyber Monday Secret Bargain,” allowing you to, effectively, get six issues for the price of five, with free shipping.  Questions?  Write.

IF-X, Volume 3, Issue 12, "The End"

The last issue of IF-X, finishes off five years of the anthology series.

Pontiac, Pupadei, Pizza, and Pete

Wednesday saw us in Pontiac, shooting scenes with Juan Pupadei and his mountain of pizza boxes.  Many thanks to Bartelli’s Catering for providing much deliciousness.  Yesterday saw us getting more filming done with the help (and more food!) of Pete’s Coney Island!  That’s one of the thing I love about this project:  our sponsors.  By helping us with locations, food, funds, or what-have-you, these guys make sure we’re able to get our job done, and we get to direct our friends, family, and fans out to them, sing their praises, get them on video, and generally give back as good as we get.  Check out all our sponsors over at http://seejackshoot.com and help them help us!

Mid-Month Munchies

We’ve somehow managed to get through the first two Fridays of the month, including a convention weekend, an Election Day (thank goodness that’s over!), and, on a more personal note, the deadline to the last IF-X:  The Infinity Flux eXperiment I will ever do (More about that will be mentioned in December.).  With that, though, we keep rolling forward, with another production meeting this Tuesday, hosted by our sponsor, Bartelli’s Catering, at their location within 300 Bowl in Waterford, where they provide a five-star gourmet snack-bar.   (Try the rib-eye steak calzone!)  After that, it’s more planning, more shooting, and possibly a little more fun with the spy car before Michigan freezes over.

Meanwhile, to help give cast members more exposure, I’d like to use this blog as a place where everyone can have an extra five seconds of fame.  Anyone with a character in Jack Uzi (from Jack Fitch all the way down to Person Waiting In Airport) can contact me at The Secret E-Mail Address, and we’ll post an interview with you here on the blog, complete with a picture.  Some of the best of these may be recorded for either YouTube or one of the DVD-Extras!  Are you game for fame!  Just send a message!

(For those businesses or individuals interested in sponsorship, contact me, and we can work out specifics.  Money may not be required.)

Productively Producing Product

Recently, I was given the task of producing another production unit for the series, and we had our first meeting this Tuesday, and now we have another team with another manager, a camera person, and two production assistants.  We talked a little about people’s duties, how the program gets put together, and what basic plans we have through the next couple of busy holiday months.

Personally, these are my least favorite times of the year, mostly due to the ubiquity of holiday nonsense, but this year, tension’s tighter than ever, thanks to the hundreds of millions, if not billions, spent on this year’s election idiocy.  This is money best spent put to work on fixing our country, its infrastructure, and the lives of those who are in desperately need of help.  Some of this money comes from grassroots organizations, but much of it comes from deep, deep pockets not only from those within this country but also from foreign interests.  That money then gets channeled into commercials, fliers, and robo-calls, all of which actually annoy the voting public.

Do you know what would have influenced my vote more?  Taking that money and putting it directly into more productive use, like feeding the poor, housing the homeless, or even donating the money toward federal, state, or city renewal projects.  Heck, for all I care, call it the “Vote for Mitt Romney Soup Kitchen” or the “Re-Elect Barack Obama Housing Project.”  At least something good and lasting will come of it.

Anyway, Rant Over.  Now do us a favor and back our project so we don’t have to go to a Mr. Moneybags to sell it.  Oh, and Mr. Moneybags, if you’re reading this, you can back our project now, too.  We promise to kiss your butt just as much now as we will in the future.